You’ve made it through most of the week, and tomorrow you’ll be singing “TGIF – Thank God It’s Friday.” Fri-yayyyyy! What are your plans for the weekend? When we think about progressing our careers, we often think about the huge steps we need to take. Those take time. There are some steps that you can take over the weekend that will begin to position you to move forward in your career, and I want to take a couple of weeks to share them with you. Today I’ll share some things you can do online. Next week, we’ll discuss what you can do offline. Post a new picture. What’s the first thing visitors notice about your profile? Your photo! To really capture your viewers’ attention, start out with a high-quality image. There’s nothing wrong with using Photoshop if you have to, and if you’re good at it, to adjust the lighting and remove any blemishes. Try not to overdo it by completely altering your appearance. Focus on your hub. Your hub is your center of activity – your network. For this purpose, it isn’t necessarily where you are most active, but where you want hiring managers to see you. It doesn’t have to be limited to any of your social media accounts. Your main presence online might be your website, landing page or blog. If you rarely post any updates, your LinkedIn profile could be the most effective choice. Whatever your showcase, keep it current and engaging. Research compensation. Do you know how much your skills are worth? What about whether or not your career field or industry is projected to be in demand in the near future? Find out. This will be vital to you when you are having salary discussions, or if you are in the midst of a career change or relaunch. Try glassdoor.com, payscale.com, or onetonline.org, just to name a few. Discover a new app. You can find an app for just about anything these days. They can simplify your professional life, save you time and make you more productive. If you aren’t sure which app may be beneficial for you, a quick google search of what you’re trying to accomplish will help. Join a LinkedIn group. Extend your network by participating in a group related to your field. A key word here is – participating. Post a question, share your expertise or leave a comment on someone else’s post. Engage. Follow someone on Twitter. Twitter is not a bad thing. Reach out to a thought leader or follow up with a colleague you connected with during your last virtual engagement. Re-tweet some of their posts. Like a company on Facebook. If there’s a special company that you dream of working for, like them on Facebook today so you’ll receive updates about their activities and have more to talk about if you land an interview. Wanna know how I keep up with companies of interest? Two words: Google alerts. Clean up your inbox. I am notorious for having an overwhelming inbox. I have to schedule time on my planner to get it organized. Now there’s a weekend task you can do. Weed out the clutter so you can stay on top of your new activities. Make use of folders and unsubscribe from newsletters you rarely read and consider combining your favorite subscriptions. This weekend, enjoy the break from your job, but give your career a boost. Try these 8 of the 14 simple things I’m suggesting to you that you can do to advance your career online and offline. They’re all quick enough to squeeze in between Friday and Monday, while still giving you plenty of time to sleep in or hang out with friends. Stay tuned next week for the 6 of 14 things you can do offline to advance your career.